For two weeks of the year the Literati grace the streets of my local town. In their patched tweed jackets and pashminas they hob nob in the posh restaurants and hotel bars that simple local folk like me can’t afford to go in.

Except every now and then my simple posse of yarn bombers crashes one of these posh establishments to plan or finish our latest project. We have made the Montpellier Chapter our yarn bombing headquarters, partly for it’s proximity to our recent targets, and partly because during whatever generic international football that was on in the summer, the Chapter was the only bar which didn’t have a TV and hoards of disappointed fans. It certainly isn’t because they charge £3 for a pot of tea. Though the homemade shortbread biscuit does help a little.

On Tuesday night we once again decamped there with our voluminous bags of yarn. To their credit the waiters and waitresses have never commented on our escapades, though they can’t hide the bemused looks. As per usual we were massively disorganised and all still furiously finishing our yarn bomb creations.

This time there was a literary theme, all the yarn bombs represented books. We attached to them all a quote from the book and a link to our Facebook page.

There were loads of them, and today DH and I finally made it into town to get proper daylight photos (most of my yarn bombing photos are taken in the dark!). Here are a selection for you:

Catcher in the rye yarn bomb
Catcher in the Rye by Stitch This ( – she mounted hers on felt to look like the Penguin Classic books and they looked awesome!
Dear Zoo yarn bomb
I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet…
Literary yarn bom
A Christmas Carol, The Invisible Man and 1984 (with a little room 101 door!)
Ballet Shoes Yarn Bomb
My favourite of the yarn bombs, I’ll let you guess the book
The Happiness Project yarn bomb
The Happiness Project – maybe not a literary classic but a book I’d definitely recommend
Harry Potter Yarn Bomb
Georgia did all the Hogwarts house scarves and put each one on a bike rack – so cute!
Pippi Longstocking yarn bomb
“But Nightshirts aren’t dangerous,” Pippi assured her. “They don’t bite anybody except in self defense.”

There were more including a cross for the Bible, a very random triffid, a Secret Garden and a wedding ring for Jane Eyre (Reader, I married him.)

I hope everyone at the festival enjoys our little creations, soggy as they are likely to be by now. Even if you can’t get along to the Literature Festival, remember this:

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

11 thoughts on “Reader, I wrote to the zoo to send me The Invisible Man in the Rye

  1. Well I’m happy to keep Tink alive… These look fab! I’m in a craft group (which is gradually growing) but so far it’s all fairly cosy, would love to get out there and do something like this.

  2. I was giddy when I saw them. What a treat! I must admit that I did not get the literary references, although the disassembly of the nearby tents should have given me a clue. I’m glad I found your post with explanations. I am no longer sad that one felt backing lost its creation, because now I know it was “The Invisible Man”! (A fairy did not die during the making of this comment.)

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